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How to find $\zeta(0)=\frac{-1}{2}$ by definition?

I would like to know how we can find the following result: $$\zeta(0)=-\frac12$$ Is there a way, using the definition, $$\zeta(s)=\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}i^{-s}$$ to find this?
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Summing the series $(-1)^k \frac{(2k)!!}{(2k+1)!!} a^{2k+1}$

How does one sum the series, $$ S = a -\frac{2}{3}a^{3} + \frac{2 \cdot 4}{3 \cdot 5} a^{5} - \frac{ 2 \cdot 4 \cdot 6}{ 3 \cdot 5 \cdot 7}a^{7} + \cdots $$ This was asked to me by a high school ...
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Generalizing $\sum \limits_{n=1}^{\infty }n^{2}/x^{n}$ to $\sum \limits_{n=1}^{\infty }n^{p}/x^{n}$

For computing the present worth of an infinite sequence of equally spaced payments $(n^{2})$ I had the need to evaluate ...
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Is there a constructive proof of this characterization of $\ell^2$?

I would like to revisit this question, which can be equivalently stated as: Proposition. Let $(a_n)$ be a sequence of real (or complex) numbers such that $\sum a_n b_n$ converges for every $(b_n) ...
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is a net stronger than a transfinite sequence for characterizing topology?

For metric spaces, knowledge of the convergence of sequences determines the topology completely. A set is closed in the metric topology if and only if it is closed under the limit of convergent ...
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I have to show $(1+\frac1n)^n$ is monotonically increasing sequence

I have to show $(1+\frac1n)^n$ is monotonically increasing sequence. $U_n=(1+\frac1n)^n$, $U_{n+1}=(1+\frac1{n+1})^{n+1}$ I must show $U_{n+1}-U_n\geq0$ i.e. to show ...
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Does $\sum _{k=2} ^\infty \frac{(-1)^k}{\sqrt{k}+(-1)^k}$ converge conditionally?

Discuss the convergence of the sum: $$\sum _{k=2} ^\infty \frac{(-1)^k}{\sqrt{k}+(-1)^k}.$$ My answer so far: It does not converge absolutely since $$\left | \frac{(-1)^k}{\sqrt{k}+(-1)^k} \right ...
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Bernoulli's representation of Euler's number, i.e $e=\lim \limits_{x\to \infty} \left(1+\frac{1}{x}\right)^x $ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Finding the limit of $n/\sqrt[n]{n!}$ How come such different methods result in the same number, $e$? I've seen this formula several thousand times: $$e=\lim_{x\to ...
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Summation involving a factorial: $1 + \sum_{j=1}^{n} j!j$

$$1 + \sum_{j=1}^{n} j!j$$ I want to find a formula for the above and then prove it by induction. The answer according to Wolfram is $(n+1)!-1$, however I have no idea how to get there. Any hints or ...
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Why does $\sum_{n = 0}^\infty \frac{n}{2^n}$ converge to 2? [duplicate]

Apparently, $$ \sum_{n = 0}^\infty \frac{n}{2^n} $$ converges to 2. I'm trying to figure out why. I've tried viewing it as a geometric series, but it's not quite a geometric series since the ...
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Proving $\sum_{k=1}^n k\cdot k! = (n+1)!-1$ without using mathematical Induction. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Summation of a factorial This equation is given: $$ 1\cdot1! + 2\cdot2! + 3\cdot3! + \ldots + n\cdot n! = (n+1)! - 1 $$ I've solved it using mathematical induction but ...
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Is the sum of all natural numbers $-\frac{1}{12}$? [duplicate]

My friend showed me this youtube video in which the speakers present a line of reasoning as to why $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty n = -\frac{1}{12} $$ My reasoning, however, tells me that the previous ...
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What's the limit of the sequence $\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{n!}{n^n}$?

$\displaystyle \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{n!}{n^n}$ I have a question: Is it valid to use Stirling's Formula to prove convergence of the sequence?
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Proving $\sum\limits_{i=0}^n i 2^{i-1} = (n+1) 2^n - 1$ by induction

I'm trying to apply an induction proof to show that $((n+1) 2^n - 1 $ is the sum of $(i 2^{i-1})$ from $0$ to $n$. the base case: L.H.S = R.H.S we assume that $(k+1) 2^k - 1 $ is true. we need to ...
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Proof of $\frac{1}{e^{\pi}+1}+\frac{3}{e^{3\pi}+1}+\frac{5}{e^{5\pi}+1}+\ldots=\frac{1}{24}$

I would like to prove that $\displaystyle\sum_{\substack{n=1\\n\text{ odd}}}^{\infty}\frac{n}{e^{n\pi}+1}=\frac1{24}$. I found a solution by myself 10 hours after I posted it, here it is: ...
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Does the series $ \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{1 + |\sin(n)|}} $ converge or diverge?

Does the following series converge or diverge? I would like to see a demonstration. $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{1 + |\sin(n)|}}. $$ I can see that: $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{1 + ...
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A question on Taylor Series and polynomial

Suppose $ f(x)$ that is infinitely differentiable in $[a,b]$. For every $c\in[a,b] $ the series $\sum\limits_{n=0}^\infty \cfrac{f^{(n)}(c)}{n!}(x-c)^n $ is a polynomial. Is true that $f(x)$ is a ...
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A hard definite integral with trigonometric functions

How could we get a closed form for this one? $$\displaystyle\int_{0}^{\frac{\pi }{2}}{{{x}^{2}}\sqrt{\tan x}\sin \left( 2x \right)\text{d}x}$$
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Prove the convergence/divergence of $\sum \limits_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac{\tan(k)}{k}$

Can be easily proved that the following series onverges/diverges? $$\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac{\tan(k)}{k}$$ I'd really appreciate your support on this problem. I'm looking for some easy proof here. ...
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$n$th derivative of $e^{1/x}$

I am trying to find the $n$'th derivative of $f(x)=e^{1/x}$. When looking at the first few derivatives I noticed a pattern and eventually found the following formula $$\frac{\mathrm d^n}{\mathrm ...
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Why is this series of square root of twos equal $\pi$?

Wikipedia claims this but only cites an offline proof: $$\lim_{n\to\infty} 2^n \sqrt{2-\sqrt{2+... \sqrt 2}} = \pi$$ for $n$ square roots and one minus sign. The formula is not the "usual" one, like ...
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Convergence of the sequence $\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1}},\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1+3\sqrt{1}}},\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1+3\sqrt{1+4\sqrt{1}}}},\cdots$

I recently came across this problem Q1 Show that $\lim\limits_{n \rightarrow \infty} \underbrace{{\sqrt{1+2\sqrt{1+3\sqrt{1+4\sqrt{1+\cdots+n\sqrt{1}}}}}}}_{n \textrm{ times }} = 3$ After ...
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Closed form for $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n-a)^2+b^2}$.

What is the closed form for $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{(n-a)^2+b^2}$? We can use Fourier series of $e^{-bx}$ ($|x|<\pi$) to evaluate $\sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^2+b^2}$. But this ...
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Find the value of the sum $\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^\infty \left\{\mathrm{e}-\Big(1+\frac1n\!\Big)^{n}\right\}$

How can we find the exact value of the infinite sum $\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^\infty \left\{\mathrm{e}-\big(1+\frac1n\big)^n\right\}$? This problem appears in: T. Andreescu, T. Radulescu & V. ...
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The sum of $(-1)^n \frac{\ln n}{n}$

I'm stuck trying to show that $$\sum_{n=2}^{\infty} (-1)^n \frac{\ln n}{n}=\gamma \ln 2- \frac{1}{2}(\ln 2)^2$$ This is a problem in Calculus by Simmons. It's in the end of chapter review and it's ...
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How to solve this sequence $165,195,255,285,345,x$

This is a question appeared in a competitive exam. The question is: Find the unknown term in $165,195,255,285,345,x$ 1)375 $\ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ $ 2)420 3)435 $\ \ \ \ \ \ \ ...
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Do these series converge to logarithms?

It is well known that $$1-\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}-\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5}... =\log(2).$$ If we consider the array: $T(n,k) = -(n-1)\; \text{ if }\; n|k, \;\text{ else } \;1,$ Starting: ...
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Does $\sum \limits_{n=1}^\infty\frac{\sin n}{n}(1+\frac{1}{2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n})$ converge (absolutely)?

I've had no luck with this one. None of the convergence tests pop into mind. I tried looking at it in this form $\sum \sin n\frac{1+\frac{1}{2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n}}{n}$ and apply Dirichlets test. I ...
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Finding sum of a series: difference of cubes

I am trying to find sum of the infinite series: $$1^{3}-2^{3}+3^{3}-4^{3}+5^{3}-6^{3} + \ldots$$ I tried to solve it by subtracting sum of even cubes from odd, but that solves only half of the ...
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Evaluating $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{n}{e^{2 \pi n}-1}$ using the inverse Mellin transform

Inspired by this post, I'm trying to evaluate $\displaystyle \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{n}{e^{2 \pi n}-1} = \frac{1}{24} - \frac{1}{8 \pi}$ using the inverse Mellin transform. But my answer is twice ...
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Find the limit $ \lim_{n \to \infty}\left(\frac{a^{1/n}+b^{1/n}+c^{1/n}}{3}\right)^n$

For $a,b,c>0$, Find $$ \lim_{n \to \infty}\left(\frac{a^{1/n}+b^{1/n}+c^{1/n}}{3}\right)^n$$ how can I find the limit of sequence above? Provide me a hint or full solution. thanks ^^
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How does the sum of the series “$1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6\ldots$” to infinity = “$-1/12$”? [duplicate]

(I was requested to edit the question to explain why it is different that a proposed duplicate question. This seems counterproductive to do here, inside the question it self, but that is what I have ...
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Proving that $ \frac{1}{\sin(45°)\sin(46°)}+\frac{1}{\sin(47°)\sin(48°)}+…+\frac{1}{\sin(133°)\sin(134°)}=\frac{1}{\sin(1°)}$

I would like to show that the following trigonometric sum $$ \frac{1}{\sin(45°)\sin(46°)}+\frac{1}{\sin(47°)\sin(48°)}+\cdots+\frac{1}{\sin(133°)\sin(134°)}$$ ...
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Need to prove the sequence $a_n=1+\frac{1}{2^2}+\frac{1}{3^2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2}$ converges

I need to prove that the sequence $a_n=1+\frac{1}{2^2}+\frac{1}{3^2}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n^2}$ converges. I do not have to find the limit. I have tried to prove it by proving that the sequence is monotone ...
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Generalisation of the identity $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n {k^3} = \bigg(\sum\limits_{k=1}^n k\bigg)^2$

Are there any generalisations of the identity $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n {k^3} = \bigg(\sum\limits_{k=1}^n k\bigg)^2$ ? For example can $\sum {k^m} = \left(\sum k\right)^n$ be valid for anything other than ...
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Convergence of $\frac{\sqrt{a_{n}}}{n}$

Can anyone help me with the following question. If $a_{n} \geq 0$ and $\sum a_{n}$ converges then how to prove $\sum \frac{\sqrt{a_{n}}}{n}$ converges. Any idea where to start. My idea was to try ...
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Value of $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{k^2+a^2}$

So my question is to find the value of $\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{1}{k^2+1}$ and more generally $\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{1}{Q(k)}$ where Q is a quadratic polynomial with no zeroes on the integers. I can ...
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How can I prove Infinitesimal Limit

how can I prove this trouble: Prove that if $$\lim_{x\to 0} f(x) = 0,$$ and $$\lim_{x\to 0} \frac{f(2x)-f(x)}{x}= 0,$$ then, $$\lim_{x\to 0} \frac{f(x)}{x} = 0.$$ i try to solve it in this way: ...
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Convergent series exercise from Little Rudin

Problem: Suppose that for every $n\in\mathbb{N}$, $a_n\in\mathbb{R}$ and $a_n\ge 0$. Given that $$\sum_0^\infty a_n$$ converges, show that $$\sum_1^\infty \frac{\sqrt{a_n}}{n} $$ ...
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Proof of $\lim_{n \to \infty} {a_n}^{1/n} = \lim_{n \to \infty}(a_{n+1}/a_n)$

Why would $\lim_{n \to \infty} {a_n}^{1/n} = \lim_{n \to \infty}(a_{n+1}/a_n)$ be true where $(a_n)$ is a sequence in $\mathbb{R}$? Edit: Let all $a_n$ be positive.
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Is there a common symbol for concatenating two (finite) sequences?

Say we have two finite sequences $X = (x_0,...,x_n)$ and $Y = (y_0,...,y_n)$. Is there a more or less common notation for the concatenation of these sequences, like $\sum (X,Y) = ...
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Show that this limit is equal to $\liminf a_{n}^{1/n}$ for positive terms.

Show that if $a_{n}$ is a sequence of positive terms such that $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty} (a_{n+1}/a_n) $ exists, then this limit is equal to $\liminf\limits_{n\to\infty} a_n^{1/n}$. I am not ...
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Minimal solution to the sum using median

Suppose we have a set $S$ of real numbers. Show that $$\sum_{s\in S}|s-x| $$ is minimal if $x$ is equal to the median. This is a sample exam question of one of the exams that I need to take and I ...
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Prove the divergence of the sequence $(\sin(n))_{n=1}^\infty$.

I am looking for nice ways of proving the divergence of the sequence $(x_n)_{n=1}^\infty$ defined by $$x_n:=\sin(n).$$ One (not so nice) way is to construct two subsequences: one where the indexes are ...
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Do these series converge to the Mangoldt function?

Jeffrey Shallit formulated this recurrence for me: $\displaystyle T(n,1)=1, k>1: T(n,k) = \sum\limits_{i=1}^{k-1} T(n-i,k-1)-\sum\limits_{i=1}^{k-1} T(n-i,k)$ which is the lower triangular array ...
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Calculate the sum of the infinite series $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{n}{4^n}$

A previous problem had us solving $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{4^n}$ which I calculated to be $\frac{4}{3}$ using a bit of mathematical manipulation. Wonderful. Thank you for all the prompt ...
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Convergence of series involving in iterated logarithms $\sum \frac{1}{n(\log n)^{\alpha_1}\cdots (\log^k(n))^{\alpha_k} }$

What is the quickest way to show when $$ S(\alpha_1,\alpha_2,\cdots,\alpha_k) = \sum\limits_{n=3}^\infty \frac{1}{n (\log n)^{\alpha_1}\cdots (\log^k(n))^{\alpha_k}} $$ converges, where $\log^k(n)$ ...
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Checking my understanding: $1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - … = \frac{1}{2}$

I've recently run into a proof that claims that $1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 ... = \frac{1}{2}$ that proceeds as follows: Let $S = 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + ...$. Then $$S = 1 - (1 - 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 - 1 ...
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The series expansion of $\frac{1}{\sqrt{e^{x}-1}}$ at $x=0$

The function $ \displaystyle\frac{1}{\sqrt{e^{x}-1}}$ doesn't have a Laurent expansion at $x=0$. But according to Wolfram Alpha, it does have a series expansion that includes terms raised to ...
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Showing inequality for harmonic series.

I want to show that $$\log N<\sum_{n=1}^{N}\frac{1}{n}<1+\log N.$$ But I don't know how to show this.